Friday 16 June 2017
20.00–22.20 (includes support and a 20-minute interval), doors open 19.30
Mathematics: The Winton Gallery open from 18.00–19.30 to ticket holders
To celebrate our new Mathematics Gallery, the Science Museum proudly presents a very special event with pioneering musicians The Radiophonic Workshop.
To mark the launch of their first studio album in 32 years, they are staging a surround sound show in the Science Museum's IMAX Theatre, along with an on-stage panel conversation hosted by Dr Tim Boon, the Science Museum's Head of Research and Public History.
The conversation will explore the role and influence of Maths in their work—and in the field of electronic music composition as a whole—and will take a look back at the last sixty years of their illustrious and influential career.
We are delighted to be joined by the Workshop for this unique surround sound performance of new material and much loved classics—including a unique recreation of the Doctor Who theme—which features dazzling visuals projected onto our IMAX screen*.
The event will also include a very special visual interlude from original member Dr Dick Mills, who will reveal some of the tricks behind some of the Workshop's most innovative and best known works.
This event also offers an out-of-hours opportunity to visit our new Mathematics Gallery, which will be opened exclusively to ticket holders on the night.
Support on the night comes from pianist and mathematician Professor Elaine Chew of Queen Mary University.
*Visuals will be projected in standard Digital 2D and not in IMAX, 3D or IMAX 3D Experience.
About the Radiophonic Workshop
Described as 'the British Kraftwerk' by the NME and cited by Sir Paul McCartney as an influence on The Beatles, the legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop was founded in 1958 by Desmond Briscoe and Daphne Oram as a home to a maverick group of experimental composers, sound engineers and musical innovators.
Drawing on the principles of musique concréte, early electronics, oscillators, handmade equipment, synths and crude tape loops, the Workshop created the other-worldly soundtracks and sound effects for some of BBC television and radio's most iconic programmes: Horizon, Quatermass, Newsround, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Delia Derbyshire's iconic Doctor Who Theme.
Having reformed in 2013, the Workshop have found a new, younger generation of fans, and have made appearances at festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival, End of the Road and WOMAD. This May they release Burials In Several Earths, a brand new album of improvised electronica.